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Category COVID-19 campus response

Chancellor Blank message about positive COVID-19 test

May 18, 2022

Chancellor Blank shares news of a positive COVID-19 test.

Upcoming changes to campus COVID-19 testing and vaccination

April 27, 2022

With the semester quickly coming to an end, members of the campus community should prepare for several changes to COVID-19 testing and vaccination over the…

Campus monitoring COVID-19 in the community

April 22, 2022

Public Health Madison & Dane County shared today that Dane County is now at a “medium” community level for COVID-19. UW–Madison continues to work closely with state and local public health officials.

Reminder: Testing, masks and booster shots

March 30, 2022

Through the rest of spring semester, UW–Madison will continue to offer free PCR testing, antigen test kits, and surgical and N95 masks to students and employees. Mandatory testing of unvaccinated individuals is paused, effective April 4.

COVID questions: Are more severe colds and flu in our future?

March 24, 2022

Preventive medicine chief resident Devlin Cole from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health explains why discontinuing masking does not put us at risk of contracting infections that are more severe.

Masking and testing updates as you return from spring break

March 18, 2022

Masks may be worn but are no longer required inside university buildings, with a few exceptions. But please respect individual decisions and continue to follow COVID-19 guidance.

Spring break reminders

March 14, 2022

Find information and tips for a healthy spring break and safe return.

Upcoming masking changes, COVID FAQs

February 23, 2022

Campus will host two upcoming forums to discuss the change to our masking policy and what to expect in this next phase of the pandemic. The first will take place on Thursday, Feb. 24, at noon.

As cases drop, campus masking order to end March 12

February 16, 2022

The current campus order will be extended from March 1 through March 11 to provide consistency through the end of the midterm exam period. Effective March 12, the start of Spring Recess, masks will no longer be required in indoor settings.

Dane County mask order to be lifted March 1

February 14, 2022

Public Health Madison & Dane County announced Monday that Dane County’s order requiring face coverings to be worn indoors will be lifted on March 1.

Dane County face-covering order extended for another month

January 26, 2022

Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) has issued Face Covering Emergency Order #7, which extends the current face mask requirement until March 1. The new order aligns with UW–Madison’s face mask policy.

COVID-19 employee message: Important updates before start of semester

January 18, 2022

In preparation for the start of class on Jan. 25, this message shares detailed information about how UW–Madison will use testing, masking and vaccination, which are proven to reduce transmission and severe illness.

Campus COVID-19 update: Testing for all students before spring semester

January 13, 2022

As the spring semester approaches, an update for students on our COVID-19 guidelines for returning to campus. Throughout the pandemic, Badgers have shown strong commitment to protecting their own health and the health of friends, family, instructors and the broader community by taking steps that are proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and prevent serious illness.

Balancing personal and community risk with the omicron variant

January 11, 2022

Devlin Cole of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health says, "Wear a mask, get vaccinated and boosted … you can still go out and do the things you want to do, but it’s going to take a bit more planning."

Campus COVID-19 Update: Masking order, preparations for spring semester; upgraded masks available

January 7, 2022

Campus leaders are taking several actions to provide students the best possible educational experience, fulfill our research and service missions and look out for the health and safety of our community. We are closely monitoring the public health situation and consulting with medical experts as we work on plans to continue in-person instruction, events and other activities for the spring semester beginning Jan. 25.

From PHMDC: What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

January 6, 2022

Due to the highly infectious omicron variant, an unprecedented number of new cases are being confirmed every day in Dane County right now. PHMDC shares some guidance for what to do if you test positive.

Campus COVID update: Reminder on childcare flexibilities

December 31, 2021

Read this message in: Español Hmoob བོད་སྐད Tibetan 中文 Chinese नेपाली Nepali To our UW–Madison employees, Yesterday, Dec. 30, Madison…

New CDC guidance for isolation and quarantine

December 29, 2021

New guidance calls for those who test positive for COVID-19 to isolate at home for at least 5 days and wear a mask when around others for an additional 5 days.